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Priming and Paint Defect Removal Solutions for Exteriors and Glass

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Decades of Refinement in Every Modern Design

There are the benefits of working with a partner who has been around long enough to thoroughly understand every refined detail of automotive exterior surface finishing. With 3M™ Cubitron™ II, Trizact™, Finesse-It™ and Wetordry™ brands, we provide industry-leading abrasives, pads and polishes that enable performance and process efficiencies at every step, from initial sand to final polish.

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    Buffing Pads

    An integral part of the paint repair system, our selection of 3M™ Finesse-It™ Buffing Pads are designed for specific stages of OEM defect repair and paint finishing. Moderately aggressive foam pads are designed for use with 3M™ Finesse-it™ polishes for satin, semi-gloss or high-gloss finishes. Each one features a convolute surface, which provides more contact than flat pads and minimizes heat buildup. Our 3M™ Hookit™ attachment system makes pad mounting and removal fast and easy.


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    Film Discs

    Our portfolio of flexible, durable discs is available with conventional abrasives, our Precision-Shaped Grain (PSG) technology or diamond abrasives. Our conformable film backing produces uniform finishes on flat surfaces and around subtle curves and contours.

    • 3M™ Hookit™ Clean Sanding Disc 360L
      Featuring a 3 mil film backing, this disc is often used for surface preparation on primers, base coats and hard or soft composites. In addition to standard five-hole or six-hole configuration, it features a multi-hole pattern that evacuates dust at a higher rate and preserves disc life. 3M™ Hookit™ (hook-and-loop attachment) won’t collect dust, as adhesive backings can, and makes disc attachment, removal and reattachment clean and easy.
    • 3M™ Cubitron™ II Hookit™ Film Disc 775L
      These discs are ideal for a broad range of stock removal applications on a wide variety of substrates. They feature our PSG abrasive technology for consistency and high performance. The 3M Clean Sanding hole pattern evacuates dust at a higher rate than conventional patterns, which preserves disc life. This design doesn’t require alignment with disc pads, making disc changes quick and simple. 3M™ Hookit™ (hook-and-loop attachment) won’t collect dust, as adhesive backings can, and makes disc attachment, removal and reattachment clean and easy.
    • 3M™ Hookit™ Microfinishing Film Disc 268L
      This disc is ideal for precise, uniform, close-tolerance work in defect repair and leveling, paint prep and final finishing applications. 3M™ Hookit™ Microfinishing Film Disc 268L features micron-graded aluminum oxide mineral abrasive that is resin-bonded to a 3 mil, high-strength, flexible and conformable polyester film backing. 3M™ Hookit™ (hook-and-loop) attachment won’t collect dust, as adhesives can, and makes disc attachment, removal and reattachment clean and easy.

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    Paint Repair Systems

    3M brings some of our highest abrasive technology to a system for small area defect repair. Often used for repairing minor clear coat defects, this system includes 3M™ Trizact™ brand abrasives. These discs feature microreplication technology – tiny structures containing micron-graded silicon carbide abrasive minerals that are formed on a non-compressible polyester backing. As these pyramids wear, fresh, sharp mineral is continually exposed to give you a consistent cut, long abrasive life and a predictable, fine finish. When used with our 3M™ Finesse-It™ polishes and buffing pads, developed for use on OEM and baked refinish paints, they quickly and efficiently remove defects, sand scratches and swirl marks.

    • 3M™ Trizact™ Finesse-it™ Film Disc Roll 468LA
      Providing sharp, consistent cutting action balanced by uniform finishing, these A3, A5 and A7 round or scalloped abrasive discs help remove surface imperfections from automotive paint without changing the surface topography. Suitable for 2K clear coats, the discs feature a waterproof polyester film backing that may be run wet or dry, and a pressure-sensitive adhesive backing makes attachment and removal fast and easy. Roll form packaging makes dispensing the discs quick, easy and convenient.
    • 3M™ Trizact™ Finesse-it™ Film Disc Roll 466LA
      Providing sharp, consistent cutting action balanced by uniform finishing, these A3, A5 and A7 round or scalloped abrasive discs help remove surface imperfections from automotive paint without changing the surface topography. Suitable for 1K clear coats, the discs feature a 3 mil, waterproof polyester film backing that may be run wet or dry, and a pressure sensitive adhesive backing makes attachment and removal fast and easy. Roll form packaging makes dispensing the discs quick, easy and convenient.
    • 3M™ Trizact™ Finesse-it™ Film Disc Roll 464LA
      Providing sharp, consistent cutting action balanced by uniform finishing, these A3, A5 and A7 round or scalloped abrasive discs help remove surface imperfections from automotive paint without changing the surface topography. Suitable for 2K clear coats, the discs feature a 3 mil, waterproof polyester film backing that may be run wet or dry, and a pressure sensitive adhesive backing makes attachment and removal fast and easy. Roll form packaging makes dispensing the discs quick, easy and convenient.
    • 3M™ Wetordry™ Finesse-it™ Paper Disc Roll 401Q
      Scalloped discs designed for buffing and polishing, finishing, paint and lacquer sanding carry our time-honored Wetordry™ brand, which has been well-known to OEM technicians almost since the first automobiles. Silicon carbide abrasive mineral is mounted on light, A-weight or medium, C-weight paper, and a pressure-sensitive adhesive backing makes it easy to attach and remove the disc from tools. Roll form packaging makes dispensing the discs quick, easy and convenient.

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    Paper Discs

    For lower-cost automotive finishing, 3M provides aluminum oxide abrasive discs on durable light, A-weight paper backing that provides conformability for detailed work on primers, metal and plastics.

    • 3M™ Hookit™ Clean Sanding Disc 216U
      Great for finishing painted surfaces, 3M™ Hookit™ Clean Sanding Disc 216U features a light, A-weight, conformable paper backing and fast-cutting aluminum oxide abrasive. A multi-hole pattern evacuates dust at a higher rate than five-hole or six-hole configurations. This design doesn’t require alignment with disc pads, making disc changes quick and simple. 3M™ Hookit™ (hook-and-loop attachment) won’t collect dust, as adhesives can, and makes disc attachment, removal and reattachment clean and easy.
    • The 3M™ Hookit™ Paper Disc 210U
      Designed for light sanding and finishing applications with a random orbital sander on metal, primer, paint, fiberglass and plastics, 3M™ Hookit™ Paper Disc 210U features an open-coat aluminum oxide abrasive on light, conformable A-weight paper. 3M™ Hookit™ (hook-and-loop) attachment won’t collect dust, as adhesive backings can, and makes disc attachment, removal and reattachment clean and easy. This is an excellent choice for applications where a super-size, anti-loading coating is not permitted.

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    Polishes

    There’s a 3M™ Finesse-It™ polish for every stage of your exterior surface finishing. Developed as part of a complete paint repair system with our 3M™ Finesse-It™ Buffing Pads and 3M™ Trizact™ Finesse-It™ Abrasives, these polishes remove micro-grade scratches and defects in many OEM applications. Many are available in 8 oz bottles, which is ideal for testing and evaluation.

    • 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish - Purple
      Formulated to remove micro-grade sand scratches or swirl marks from compounded OEM baked refinish paints, 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish–Purple is ideal for use with power buffers and 3M™ Finesse-It™ Buffing Pads.
    • 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish K211
      This high-viscosity polish is formulated specifically to remove A3, A5 or A7 sand scratches from OEM clear coats. Ideal for use with a rotary or random orbital buffer, 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish K211 delivers a fast cut rate and a fine finish in the same polish. It is water-based and does not contain silicones.
    • 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish - Final Finish
      Formulated to remove micro-grade sand scratches or swirl marks from compounded OEM baked refinish paints, 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish–Final Finish delivers a fine, smooth finish and is often used with power buffers and 3M™ Finesse-It™ Buffing Pads.
    • 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish - Finishing Material
      Formulated to remove micro-grade sand scratches or swirl marks from compounded OEM baked refinish paints, 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish–Finishing Material provides very fast polishing rate. It is often used with power buffers and 3M™ Finesse-It™ Buffing Pads.
    • 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish - Extra Fine
      Formulated to remove micro-grade sand scratches or swirl marks from compounded OEM baked refinish paints, 3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish–Extra Fine provides a fine finish with a moderate polish rate. It is often used with power buffers and 3M™ Finesse-It™ Buffing Pads.

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